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Mayfly nymph (Genus: Icthybotus)

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Class: Dicondylia
Subclass: Pterygota
Order: Ephemeroptera
Suborder: Furcatergalia
Infraorder: Scapphodonta
Superfamily: Ephemeroidea
Family: Ephemeridae
Subfamily: Icthybotinae
Genus: Icthybotus
Species:  Icthybotus hudsoni and Icthybotus bicolor

Mayflies in the genus: Icthybotus are endemic to New Zealand. Icthybotus is the only New Zealand in the genus of Ephemeridae and is represented by 2 described species, Icthybotus hudsoni and Icthybotus bicolor. 
Their larvae have 6 pairs of bifid (split into two parts), plumose gills held over the abdomen. Their mandibles are tusk-like and extending well in front of head. 

  

Dorsal view
 

Icthybotus hudsoni a burrowing mayfly nymph.